In a Quagmire About Where to Eat?
Quagmire's, Kill Devil Hills, NC

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2004.

A good piece of fish is one thing I always want when I go to the beach. At Quagmires, in Kill Devil Hills, NC, I got a magnificent piece of fish. The grilled mahi-mahi, a local denizen of the sea, was grilled to perfection. With it were served steamed mixed vegetables, and nicely seasoned rice. The waiter also provided sliced Italian bread upon request. (Some menu items at Quagmires, like the “catch of the day,” are priced daily.)

My husband Henry and son David both ordered “Chicken Fajitas Salad” ($9.99), which, according to Henry, was “excellent.” I can tell you that it was large! It comes in a mammoth flour tortilla bowl. The accompanying blue cheese dressing was chunky, thick and delicious.

Jonathan selected the “Mexi-Burger” ($6.99) with lettuce, tomato, pickle, salsa, and pepperjack cheese, served with fries; and declared that both were the best he had ever eaten.

Sarah chose “Shrimp Quesadilla” ($6.99), dressed with pepperjack cheese and scallions. She ordered rice and beans as “sides.”

Since David “only” had a salad for supper, he decided to get dessert — a slice of Snickers Pie, which was, according to David, “very nice.”

Quagmires has two ocean-front decks, an upstairs snack bar, and a big, attractively-appointed “sea-level” dining room looking out over the Atlantic. It was a dark and foggy night when we were there, so our ocean-front table and view could not be properly appreciated. However, I am sure it could be delightful…. If it had still been light outside, after they finished eating, our sons might have enjoyed the restaurant's horseshoe pit, ring toss, volleyball court, and playground in the sand behind Quagmire's.

The good times eatery is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week during the tourist season, and live music is provided. (Check about off-season hours.) A children's menu is available. “Spirits” are served. The huge U-shaped bar upstairs is the source of notable margaritas and frozen drinks.

John Kirchmier owns and oversees this well-thought-out establishment, located (see map) at 1315 Beach Road/NC 12 (also called North Virginia Dare Trail), milepost 72½. See Quagmire's official website for many more details.